It's really no secret that video games can be over the top in terms of style. You have games where you absorb bullets like a sponge (much like 50 Cent, who is actually a video game character disguised as a rapper) without breaking a sweat, or games where you shoot fireballs out of your hand into walking mushrooms. That being said, Bayonetta
is one of the craziest, absolutely ridiculous, and all out insane experiences I have ever had playing a video game.
Director Hideki Kamiya, creator of Devil May Cry
and Viewtiful Joe
, has the player jump into the form of the bizarrely buxom Bayonetta. A long time ago, two tribes of witches went to war with one tribe almost completely destroyed. Bayonetta is the last Umbra witch who has lost has lost her memory and is being chased by the angelic/demonic forces of Paradiso who...okay, listen, I know I'm not a fan of Eastern storytelling, but comon! The ridiculousness of the plot is really just an excuse to have some of the craziest set pieces and boss fights in recent memory. Bayonetta fights with a combination of guns (two of them are in place of her heels of her shoes), whips, Katanas, and she can even take a fallen enemy's weapon (somehow she takes a lance and violently pole dances off of it...yeah...). Perhaps her flashiest move (figuratively and literally), when she has a boss-like opponent against the ropes, Bayonetta's skin-tight suit (which is actually her hair) slithers off of her body opening a portal allowing demons to come through and finish off bosses with extremely violent results, all while leaving her completely naked. Yes, you just read that poorly construed sentence right - a naked chick summoning demons with her hair.
The game is compromised of the traditional action hacker formula where you defeat a bunch of smaller enemies, maybe face a mini-boss or boss, then move on to the next location. Interspersed between the ass-kickings are a mixture of traditional in-game cutscenes and cinematics comprised of still shots (the latter being very uninteresting and downright boring in comparison to the excitement of the rest of the game). You'll encounter such bad walking cliches such as Enzo (a Joe Pesci clone), Rodin (think any bald black dude with attitude in blaxploitation films), and Luka (one of the dullest love male love interests you've ever seen). It's not really shocking, but it needs to be said: Bayonetta is also selling sex appeal. From most of her moves to the cutscenes, she'll either be moaning, arranging herself into sexual positions, or licking lollipops, so if you don't feel at least a little bit dirty after playing this game for an hour, congrats! You're officially a pervert of the highest order.
Diversity also finds it way into the game. Almost every popular genre type is in here at some point - slow-mo takedowns, quick-time events, and even shooter segments. The real meat of the game is in hacking and slashing and while from afar it looks like it would take a grad student from Harvard to master the controls, it's actually quite easy to jump in. Before you know it, you'll be slicing off demon's torsos and encasing them in medieval iron maidens (Excellent! *air guitar*). The art style of the game matches up perfectly with the gameplay - absolutely over the top. Between angels who look like they have taken more steroids than Mark McGwire and women who look like they are smuggling zeppelins underneath their shirts, the game never takes realism into any equation. While there are a few problems with frame rate and screen tearing, the game mostly plays fluidly.
So, what did I think of the game? Despite me not really ingratiated in the weird video game logistics of Japanese game developers, Bayonetta
proved to be a fun outing. However, the slapped together story and rather campy voice acting did seem to drag down the experience and while the game is thoroughly enjoyable, the rather outrageous fan-service that Bayonetta herself becomes in the game becomes mind-numbingly obvious and forced. Also, if you're not a big fan of the action adventure hack n' slash genre Bayonetta
won't do much to change your mind. However, if you're willing to give this rather strange game a chance, you will find something to enjoy, even if it's watching a witch fight demons by pole dancing.
My Review: Buy When Cheaper
I wonder why women in our society feel like they're being objectified?